Taiwan poised to increase National Health Insurance rates

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is poised to raise its National Health Insurance (NHI) rates as the national health program has been operating in the red and its reserve fund will be depleted next...

Never flagged as a danger, Nice attacker traveled unimpeded

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The 21-year-old Tunisian behind the attack that killed three in a Nice, France, church had small-time run-ins with the law as a teen, but nothing that alerted Tunisian authoritie...

Bloated public salaries at heart of Iraq's economic woes

BAGHDAD (AP) — Long-time Iraqi civil servant Qusay Abdul-Amma panicked when his monthly salary was delayed. Days of waiting turned to weeks. He defaulted on rent and other bills. ...

Brazil’s poor squeezed by less virus aid, surging food costs

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Many people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices, with millions expected to slip back into poverty. ...

Citibank Announces 2020 Citi Tax Season Loan

Annualized Percentage Rate as low as 1.78%2 HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 5 October 2020 - Citibank announces 2020 Citi Tax Season Loan, available for same day approval and same day loan disb...

Taiwan’s goal of going bilingual by 2030 unattainable: Education expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Academics warn that major challenges lie ahead for Taiwan as it seeks to become a bilingual country that emphasizes English learning. The Ministry of Education has vowe...

China offers high salaries to recruit Taiwan researchers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on Friday (Aug. 21) announced a technical exchange program on its website, seeking to recruit 10 Taiwanese scientific...

Taiwan to raise minimum monthly wage by less than 1% in lowest hike since 2016

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The official minimum monthly wage is expected to rise 0.84 percent to NT$24,000 (US$815) per month from next Jan. 1, the lowest rate of increase since a freeze in 2016. ...

Pandemic wrecks global Class of 2020's hopes for first job

LONDON (AP) — British fashion school graduate Phoebe St. Leger’s dream of landing a job at a design label is on hold. Like many others in the global Class of 2020, the pandemic is clouding her career ...

Volunteers came to the rescue as virus raged in Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW (AP) — When his mother began deteriorating from the coronavirus two weeks ago, Bektrour Iskender knew that hospitals in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, were full. So he turned to Twitter for adv...

Taiwan-based Filipino fishermen accuse brokers of 'overcharging'

Six Filipino fishermen based in Taiwan on Saturday accused Filipino and Taiwanese labor brokers of making excessive deductions from their salaries, saying they feel "deceived and mistreated."...

Largest pay raise announced for Taiwan’s airborne service corps

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced Friday (July 10) a pay raise across the board for pilots of the National Airborne Service Corps (NASC), an agency responsible for se...

Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group announces 1% pay bump

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Formosa Plastics Group (FPG, 台塑集團) has announced a one percent pay raise for rank-and-file employees despite revenue being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Nepal: Independent media struggles to survive amid pandemic pressure

Dhruba Simkhada, 52, was working as an opinion editor at Nepal's best-selling newspaper, Kantipur, until April, when he was asked to take a month of unpaid leave. He is one of the longest-serving...

Google, TSMC dream companies for engineering students in Taiwan: Survey

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A recent survey coinciding with the graduation period shows Taiwanese students majoring in engineering/IT view Google as the most attractive employer, followed by national...